What Is MRSA?

Watch a clip from the popular television show, The Doctors, about MRSA. Dr. Travis Stork discusses the drug-resistant infection.
(Also, watch Dr. OZ get into detail on everything you need to know about MRSA in a short video.)

 

What Exactly Is It?

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant-Staphylococcus-Aureus) is a strain bacteria which infects different parts of an individual’s body. It is resistant to most of the commonly used antibiotics, so it is very hard to treat. This bacterium is customarily found on peoples’ skin. When it enters the skin, it causes skin infections that bring about small red bumps that look like pimples or boils. Staphylococcus Aureus can also cause serious infections; for instance, pneumonia & blood infections.

The infection can commence as a minor skin sore, boil or pimple but then become serious, hypothetically dangerous, and at times fatal. It is regularly referred to as a superbug. Read the paragraphs below to learn more about MRSA is, as well as the corresponding definitions and facts regarding this infection.

What Are the Warning Signs Of  Infections?

The symptoms depend on where the individual is infected. In most cases, it causes minor infections on a person’s skin, for instance boils or sores. On the other hand, MRSA can infect the bloodstream, surgical wounds, the urinary tract or the lungs. It may also cause serious skin infections.

Click here to get a full list of MRSA symptoms.

Who Is At Risk Of Being Infected?

The people that are most susceptible to MRSA infections include seniors, hospital patients, children and the ill. This is because these people’s immune systems are already weakened and thus harder for their bodies to fight infections. Furthermore, hospitalized patients are more likely to get into contact with invasive devices including catheters, dialysis units, as well as feeding tubes which are contaminated with the MRSA.

Although most of the MRSA infections occur in places such as long term care facilities and hospitals, recent studies show that MRSA is more common in the community than it was thought to be earlier. Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) strains seem to be different from the ones in a hospital setting. CA-MRSA strains are most common in schools, daycare centers and dormitories.

 

How Is It Spread:

Over 30% of people have Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria either in their noses or on their skin without having any infection. It has no harm unless it enters an individual’s skin through a wound or a cut. It is extremely contagious. A small fraction of people that harbor this bacteria in their noses or on their skins have the MRSA infection. Even if the individual harboring t

he bacteria is uninfected, he or she can still spread it and thus cause infection to others. Some of the ways through which MRSA is spread include:

surfaces

  • Physical contact
  • Openings in the skin.
  • Towels
  • Clothing.
  • Contaminated medical devises.
  • Contaminated surfaces.
  • Frequent skin-to-skin contact.
  • Lack of cleanliness.
  • Crowding.
  • Contaminated surfaces and items.
  • Compromised skin (e.g., cuts).

Facts and Statistics

• On average, about 880,000 people get infected with MRSA every year.

• About $8 billion is spent on MRSA infections.

• About 5% of the people that get MRSA infection die as a result of the infection. However, these deaths resulting from MRSA decreased by about 20% from 2011 to 2012.

• Most of the MRSA infections are categorized as Hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) or Community-Acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA).

• One of the 1st signs of MRSA infections is Cellulitis, draining pus or abscess.

The Best Way to Get Rid Of It

There are several ways of treating MRSA infections. In the clip above, Dr. Stork discusses how antibiotics are resistant, but should still be taken. Of course this is what doctors would like you to do, but holistic methods are definitely the best. This is based on the fact that social and mental factors dominantly determine the rate and ways by which MRSA infections are spread. When holistic methods are used for treating MRSA, instead of focusing on the infection’s physical symptoms, the patient is treated wholly whilst taking into account his/her mental state and social behaviors.

More recommended reading:

Learn if MRSA is contagious and how to avoid spreading

The best home remedies to heal MRSA